Mon –
AM – 2k swim – 1x1k, 10x100m (20sec rec),
PM – 10min row, 3x3min bike, 3x20min bike, 3x1min bike, 5min row, 3×20 lung (10k), 3×18 arms (8k), 3×20 med. ball

Tues –
AM – 2k swim (400, 100,200,300,400,300,200,100),
PM – 10min row, 10min bike, 10min elliptical, 3×15 lunges (12kg), 5×10 squats (14kg), 3×20 cable arms, 3×10 arms (10kg) (the eight was gone so lower reps..)

Wed –
AM – 40min run, 10min bike, 10min run
PM – 1hr ride (good Rottingdean-Woodingdean-Falmer hill)

Thur –
AM – 2k swim (4×100, 2×200, 1×400, 2×200, 4×100, 200m drills)
PM – 45min run (with 3-5min tempo runs, and 2x1min sprints)

Fri –
AM – 2k swim (5×100, 5×200, 5×100 – 20sec recoveries)
PM – 3x10min tempo pace run, 1 set of 10min run in sporadic 2min sprints becuase I got lost. So – 40min of tempo running split up into managable chunks.. some more managable than others due to unforseen inability to remember the direction I started in 😉

I’m taking it easy today. The last two weeks of training have been squeezed around commuting – so it’s basically a case of 6am – wake, commute, swim, work, commute, bike/gym, sleep at 10pm – repeat. I woke up today, feeling tired, and decided that LB has been very patient with me, so I should take an evening off training for us to have a nice dinner – so that is the plan.

My swim today was really pleasent, as was it on Mon and Tues. I’ve been using a pool in London – it’s got four lanes, which, from 8.30am and 9.30am become really quite empty (the bonus of working 10-6 is that everyone else works at 9!). I felt wonderfully relaxed swishing up and down the lanes, and I suddenly find myself capable of swimming 1k without any recovery breaks totally comfortably. I think it’s mainly mental – until recently I thought my swimming wasn’t going anywehre, but with a newP PB under my belt, I suddenly feel inspired to really work at it.

Overall, everything is looking well and good!

I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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